• “Being part of the IPG family has not only given us new and improved trading opportunities but opportunities to improve our business through brand strategies and marketing initiatives. We are looking forward to an exciting future and being ‘Stronger Together’.”

    Ray Andes - Plumb Inn (Merchant)

  • “We have a great relationship with The IPG and Roman is proud to be a supplier to their reputable and extensive group of members. They really add value to the independent sector and their marketing and website advice is such a valuable tool for their members and suppliers alike.”

    Roman Showers

Our Story

The IPG is the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Founded in 2013 on the belief that independents should have a better voice in today's competitive market, in this short time it has already established a network of over 200 carefully selected member locations nationwide, all enjoying a support network like none other, to stand together and be stronger.

Buying from an independent is a significant contributing factor in supporting local employment, our entrepreneurs, boosting UK innovation, as well as maintaining traditions and increasing environmental benefits.

  • July 2013

    The IPG concept is born

  • October 2013

    First office opened

  • November 2013

    Founding members and suppliers joined

  • January 2014

    First trading agreements started

  • October 2014

    The IPG hold dinner with 30 members and suppliers in Windsor

  • October 2014

    50th member joins after less than 12 months of trading

  • July 2015

    Moved to larger office on the hottest day of the year!

  • October 2015

    100th member joins

  • November 2015

    The IPG hold a dinner with 50 members and suppliers in Leeds

  • September 2016

    The IPG enter the Vado charity rally to Monte Carlo and raise money for the Rainy Day Trust

  • October 2016

    Moved office again for more space

  • November 2016

    The IPG hold a dinner with 75 members and suppliers in Swindon with entertainment

  • January 2017

    Volunteering members form the first IPG Steering Groups

  • February 2017

    First steering group meetings are held in London and Telford

  • March 2017

    100th supplier joins the group

  • July 2017

    Expanded the IT and Marketing teams

  • November 2017

    Held inaugural conference at Mercedes Benz World

  • May 2018

    The IPG start working with Missing People to #FindEveryChild

  • August 2018

    First members have an IPG branded website

  • September 2018

    The IPG win Business Of The Year 2018 at the Arun Business Partnership Awards

  • March 2019

    The IPG take the first ski trip with members in the Alps generously sponsored by Wavin

  • June 2019

    New IPG website launched

  • August 2019

    The IPG opens its first joint branded member stores

  • September 2019

    The IPG Conference at The National Space Centre

  • March 2020

    The IPG adapted quickly to support its members and suppliers through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • July 2020

    The IPG launches its first member e-commerce website

  • March 2021

    Moved office again for more space to our current location

  • 221

    Stores Nationwide

  • 184

    Supplier Brands